Definition: traditionally, a hooded pullover jacket made of fur and worn in the arctic, now made of any weather-resistant fabric and in zip-up and buttoned styles, often with a drawstring at the waist

Pronunciation: AN-uh-rack


Inuit (Greenlandic) annoraaq or from the Inuktitut ánorâq, both referring to a pullover jacket

Why this word?

When you run into someone who is very specific about what s/he calls the type of outerwear s/he is wearing, it’s mighty helpful to be equipped with the word, ‘anorak.’ That way, the next time you hear your friends debating whether a model is wearing a trench coat, raincoat, or jacket, you can boldly proffer, “Well, perhaps the maiden is sporting not a sport jacket or cape, but an anorak.” (Not that there’s really ever any confusion about whether or not something is a cape–but you catch my drift.) Or I mean, y’know, it’s always nice to know exactly what to ask for in a department store when you’re in need of a specific article of clothing.

How to use anorak in a sentence?

Anorak is a noun, and you can use it the way you’d use the word “jacket” in a sentence, unless you’re making the “jacket off!” joke, because “anorak off” doesn’t have the same kind of ring to it.

“She stood in the rain, shivering, wearing nothing but rain boots under her slick anorak.

“Welcome! We’re having a major sale on all outerwear today. Would you be interested in an anorak? We have them in fifty shades of grey.”

“She loosened the drawstrings around her waist and allowed him to slip his hands under her anorak. Just to keep warm, of course.”


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Written by Lauren D. Shinn

Lauren D. Shinn is a writer, law student, and fashion blogger. She studied Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese as an undergraduate, and also speaks fluent Korean.


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